The work undertaken by The James Hutton Group is right at the top of the global agenda tackling problems such as the impact of climate change and threats to food and water security.
The Information and Computational Sciences (ICS) Group brings together an exceptional combination of scientific skills and expertise. This ranges from genome scale bioinformatics to the modeling of edaphic or climate information on a geographical scale providing the Institute with a unique capacity to rise to the challenges that come from the new high-throughput data generation technologies that are revolutionising genome and diversity analysis.
We are seeking an experienced Crop Modeller to develop our research on linking crop science and agricultural systems, thereby contributing to our global food security and environmental sustainability research agenda. Working with experimental and application focussed scientists, you will focus on modelling interactions between crop genetics, physiology, phenotypic traits and the environment, and evaluate crop characteristics and management practices that enhance resource use efficiency and reduce risks associated with climate change.
The purpose of the post is to undertake research to integrate crop physiological mechanisms with environmental processes and management interventions to address concerns about the sustainable intensification of agricultural production in the light of challenges such as food security and environmental sustainability, all within the wider context of climate change, the economy, and supply of ecosystem services.
The focus will be on identifying trade-offs and synergies at different levels, evaluating ways in which the agriculture sector might contribute to meeting Scottish Government GHG emission reduction targets without adversely affecting crop production, and understanding how crops, crop management practices and cropping systems may adapt to future climates. The role will also contribute to developing the Institute’s capabilities regarding use of emerging digital data collection for precision agriculture purposes.
The work will contribute to the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme, ClimateXChange Centre of Expertise, and other work currently being carried out on various externally funded projects.
You should have a PhD directly relevant to crop modelling, demonstrable experience in modelling biological systems at a range of spatial scales, and a high level of technical capability to undertake large and complex simulations. A track record of high-quality scientific publications in this area is required as is evidence of grant-winning abilities and demonstration of international collaboration. You should also have experience in working and communicating with scientists from multiple disciplines. Expertise in spatial analysis would be highly advantageous.
This post will require interacting with teams at both the Hutton Aberdeen and Dundee sites.
More information on the detail of the post and the post holder can be found below in the job description.
Main Duties of Postholder
The successful candidate would be expected to develop links with other research groups and international networks, and eventually establish their own research team by securing external funding. The post will integrate their research with the wider effort across the Institute.
Other skills and attributes:
Note: Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions it is possible that interviewing of candidates will be held remotely. You should therefore ensure you have access to a broadband connection and ideally a PC or laptop.
The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.
We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.
As they are under-represented in this area of our work we would particularly welcome applications from women.